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Press Release: Deals Done
Walker Books Acquires New Picture Book Help! I Need A Title! By Master Illustrator Hervé Tullet

Posted at 8:35PM Sunday 10 Feb 2013

The Walker Books Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of English Language Rights for Help! I Need a Title! (Sans Titre) from Bayard Presse in France, a new picture book by world-renowned French illustrator Hervé Tullet. For the first time the Walker Books Group will hold English language rights to Hervé's work, publishing in hardback in the UK and Australia August 2013, Candlewick Press will publish in the USA in Spring 2014.

The characters in Help! I Need a Title! are very surprised, they've just noticed someone looking at them ... YOU! So, what would you like? A STORY? Hmmm, where will they find one of those? They rally together and manage to find a nice sunset setting and an appropriately fierce-looking baddie but while they might have the elements of a story ... they simply have no good story ideas! It's time to call in ... the author! This quirky and surprising tale is a story within a story − the author interacts with the characters and the characters interact with the reader to generate a truly fun, engaging drama for little children and adults alike!

Walker Books UK Picture Book Publisher Deirdre McDermott said of the deal;

"We've long since been admirers of Hervé's work and we regard him as one of the foremost and most innovative picture book makers of our time. Press Here and Doodle Cook were passed longingly around the office when they were first published and so it is incredibly exciting to now say that we have an Hervé Tullet book on our own Walker Books list.

Hervé's books are all about inspiring children (and adults) to interact with the form, craft their own stories and their own legacy. Within the mad, bustling pages of Help! I Need a Title! Hervé holds a direct and intimate conversation with the readers about creativity and storytelling ... it's totally exciting!"

Hervé himself is equally as delighted;

"I'm delighted and honoured to be part of the prestigious Walker Books catalogue. Let's start a big adventure with Help! I Need a Title!"




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